The Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, Inc., (APAL) was founded in 2000 by collaborators Jane Fonda, Dr. Lisa Delpit, and Alice Lovelace. During its first four years of existence, APAL created teacher-artist partnerships in grades K thru12 at Atlanta Public Schools, Decatur City Schools, and private institutions. In 2005, APAL experienced an institutional shift, with Ms. Fonda, Ms. Lovelace and others on the Board and in the organization moving on to other projects. APAL was revitalized under the stewardship of a committed group of APAL teaching artists who renewed APAL’s mission and practice as a provider of arts-infusion partnerships, with a focus on depth and innovation.
Since 2005, APAL’s work has consisted of a number of elements. The Pilot Program at South Atlanta High School has brought a series of innovative arts-infusion partnerships to a socioeconomically challenged and culturally underserved school population, including projects focused on Digital Storytelling with social issues, Art and Chemistry in the context of Jacob Lawrence and the Harlem Renaissance, Hip-Hop Music and the Global Economy, biographical narrative through quilting, and the Biology of HIV through metaphor and drama in a multi-year project entitled Blood & Heart, A Love Story. These projects led to the development of a year-long course in Arts for Social Justice taught through a series of residencies in partnership with Social Studies Teacher Tom Dunn. In the Initiate Infusion program, partnerships at other affiliated schools (Grady H.S., North Atlanta H.S., Horizons School, International Community School) created projects exploring racism, Australian aboriginal art and personal identity, and the resonance of folklore as an expression of the immigrant experience. Through professional development workshops offered through the ArtsAPS program, a six-year collaboration with Atlanta Public Schools, APAL helped to empower teachers with the tools of arts infusion and cross-disciplinary practice. APAL has also had partnerships with Alternate R.O.O.T.S., co-sponsoring Learning Exchange for Educators and Teaching Artists to foster growth in the emerging field of teaching artistry, and Youth on the Move at the McDevitt Center, offering arts-based after-school experiences.
Serving Atlanta Area Schools and Educators since 2001